But if he doesn't solve the murder of just one dwarf, Commander Sam Vimes of Ankh-Morpork City Watch is going to see it fought again, right outside his office.
With his beloved Watch crumbling around him and war drums sounding, he must unravel every clue, outwit every assassin, and brave any darkness to find the solution. And darkness is following him.
Oh, and at six o'clock every day, without fail, with no excuses, he must go home to read Where's My Cow?, with all the right farmyard noises, to his little boy. There are just some things you have to do.
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"He may write benign comedy but he knows how horribly complicated and exciting the Universe is." (The Times)
"Imaginative, witty and consistent ... Everything that the 30th novel in a fantasy sequence ought to be, and more." (SFX Magazine)
I am a bit surprised that I am disappointed in this story. I feel that it is a bit rushed, do not get me wrong it still a good book, but it lacks something.
Yes, definitely. I am a huge fan of Pratchett's work, and Briggs brings out the best in it: laugh-out-loud humour, fun, and insight into our world and his.
Vimes. He's cynical, mistrustful, a little bit prejudiced, and plenty flawed, but for all that, he's our hero, and he's a genuinely good, genuinely likeable man who can carry the listener along with his experience.
I love Briggs' character voices; they really bring the work to life.
The denouement of this book never fails to move me as the battle between light and dark over the heart of a good man reaches its peak.
Vimes finally missing his 6 o'clock appointment
No one else should ever be allowed to read Prachett
Love the Sam Vines book and his character development. Once again Disc World is in chaos. Look for the little bits of humour, they are the best, although I wonder if the last laugh isn't on all of us!
This was another very good novel from Terry Pratchett and also a good narration. Although Pratchett writes each story to be fully self-contained, this should be read before Snuff (which I did not do). Enjoy.
As a long time lover of discworld it was hard to pick which book to start with for my discworld audio experience. With Discworld celebrating its 25th anniversary there are plenty to choose from! It had to be unabridged and then had to be Stephen Briggs, so familiar to many discworld fans for his adaptations for the stage. Listening to a few clips I finally decided on Thud! - Vimes at his best. It was a complete joy to listen to, with the characters leaping out of the speakers and coming to life. It is a great book read by a man who vividly recreated the atmosphere and humour of the discworld. In particular I loved the reading of 'Where's my cow?' to young Sam, with '...it goes Hrrruurrrh.That's not my cow, it's a hippopotamus...' having me in fits of giggles even after replaying that short bit many times! A really great listen that I would reccommend to either seasoned discworld fans or those who are new to Pratchett. Hours of fun to be enjoyed over and over again. Hrrruurrrrh!
"Fantastic story, great reading"
Pratchett always has great stories but this is read so well. So many characters, each with an individual voice and, what is more, the exactly right one! Brilliant reading. brilliant writing. A match made in Heaven!
This is Pratchett at his best. Fantastic, very entertaining story. As usual, leaves me wondering how on earth he thinks these story lines up. If you are a fan of Sam Vimes, this one is definitely for you. And I must comment on Stephen Briggs. I've heard many a favourite story ruined by the wrong reader, but Stephen Briggs is ABSOLUTELY PERFECT. I can't imagine anyone reading it better than he does.
"The best discworld team!"
Stephen Briggs is just brilliant! I'm afraid Tony Robbins and Nigel Planer just can't hold a candle to this fella. I was in fits of laughter for the full duration of the story and found myself absolutely absorbed by the depth he brings to the discworld.
This is the best "Watch" story yet. I hope a Briggs re-telling of "Gaurds Gaurds" is on the way?
"One of my favourite discworld books."
"Thud!" is the 30th adult Discworld novel, but if asked to rank them I would put it near the top. Several of the books after this have been a bit lacklustre for me, but this one is amazing.
This is Vimes and Co. at their best, and is a brilliant and funny study of racial prejudice and mob mentality told with Pratchett's characteristic optimism and faith in humanity. The Discworld seems a richer and more believable world than ever, and I really hope Pratchett has time to elaborate on the hints of troll culture he makes here. Several of the new characters are also brilliant.
I really like Stephen Briggs's readings, much more than Nigel Planar. It's true he seems to feel the need to give every single character a different accent, which is a bit odd, but does certainly help to distinguish them. His voices are great, and his Vimes is spot-on.
The only warning I would give is that by this point in the series a certain amount of foreknowledge of the Discworld mythos is helpful. It's not as bad as in some subsequent books, but I would say there are other books that it would be better to start with (Feet of Clay, maybe - that's another of my favourite Vimes books). Still, if you've read a Discworld book before, you can't do much better than this for your next one!
"One of the best ones"
Very nice. Lots of stuff about the dwarves. Carrot, Angua and Cheery feature prominently, which is always a good sign. Fairly taut plot and not too much dawdling for predictable jokes.
"Great for listening to during revision!"
You can't go wrong with a Terry Practchett book! And this is one of his best. The plot is typically convoluted, but intriguing, suspenseful, and hilarious, wiht fantastic characterisation.
His Grace the Duke of Ankh, Sir Sammuel Vimes of course! He is funny, cynical and unpredictable, and you've gotta love him.
Fred Colon. His faux posh accent is hilarious. Especially when backed up by the hapless nobby nobbs.
When Sam reads the story to young Sam when he is in the caves. Them feels!
"Possibly my favourite Discworld story"
Funny, gripping, perfect.
When Vimes recites "Where's My Cow" from under Koom Valley
The speeding coaches heading to Koom Valley
Hearing Sybil explain why there was no problem with women being on battlefields.
This could all be my favourite of all of Pratchett's novels. It is great how the city had evolved and the politics and the Watch with it. I love the idea of Vimes watching himself and being this potentially powerfully dark force but thing all soft when I the presence of his young son. Lots of typically wonderful moments with many of my favourite characters and an absolutely cracking plot line to boot. I've read it many times and now I'm listening to it over and over. What a total joy!
"Sam Vimes, Hero"
This shows what a nice man Vimes is despite the problems he has to face: he unwittingly and brilliantly tackles and solves them with his usual modesty and intuition. Out of His depth in the High Country, he can still shine as a copper and diplomat.
A good balance of wit, mystery, murder and excitment. One of the best Discworld books and very well narrated.
I am always deeply suspicious of audio or film adaptations of books that I love, so rarely does the production live up to the version in my head. As a serious fan of the Discworld series, and disappointed by earlier readings, I downloaded Thud with some trepidation. I needn’t have worried, Stephen Briggs is a perfect audio match for the genius of Terry Pratchett and if anything, I appreciated the book even more having listened to it.
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